What Is Truth?
What is truth? That is a question people everywhere are asking. We know truth is important. We know we want to have truth. However, we do not know what truth is. How can we know truth?
Jesus said to him, “I am the way, and the truth, and the life; no one comes to the Father except through Me." - John 14:6
Jesus IS Truth?
What does it mean, "Jesus IS truth"? What Jesus is saying is the He is the definition of truth. You can only know truth, if you know Jesus. If you want to know truth, the answer is ALWAYS JESUS.
Okay, what does that mean?
Truth is commonly defined as that which matches reality. That's a good definition. However, there is a problem. What is reality?
What Is Reality?
We are at a unique point in history. People are defining their own reality. What better way is there to be happy than to define reality the way YOU want it to be? That eliminates conflicts. It eliminates uncertainty. It means never having to be wrong. What a great life... until you actually run into reality. However, running into reality can be avoided for unbelievably long periods of time. What do I mean by that?
We see it happening all around us. The biggest one is that word "science" has become the god of truth. However, what is claimed as "science" does not match reality. Instead it is a word used to manipulate people, leading people away from truth.
Post modernism is the name applied to the belief that we define our own reality... what is true for you, is true for you... but what is true for me, is true for me. I have to ask, is that a true statement? Can we make our own reality? It seems like that would makes us each a god.
Satan's offer to Eve: You will become like God..." - Genesis 3:5
Defining truth as that which matches reality does not work. We need a standard that is not subject to individual interpretation. A standard that does not change. If truth changes based on the current situation, for example, then how can we know truth? We can't. The question, "What is truth?" become irrelevant. Don't bother asking. Truth is whatever...
How Does Jesus Define Truth?
Jesus (God) is truth. What does that mean? It means that truth is not just defined by what God says, but also by who God is. Truth that which conforms with the mind, will, and character of God.
What is truth? It is ALWAYS JESUS.
Truth cannot be separated from Jesus. It is all that He is. His love. His grace. His mercy, righteousness and justice. His holiness and perfection. All that God is, that is what truth is.
An Example: Climate Change
Let's Get Practical. What about catastrophic climate change? Truth or Fiction? If we are going to find truth, where do we start? With Jesus, and that means scripture.
While the earth remains,
Seedtime and harvest,
Cold and heat,
Summer and winter,
And day and night
Shall not cease. - Genesis 8:22
While the earth remains, so will humanity. There will be food (seed and harvest), there will be times of cold and times of heat, there will be seasons. Even during the seven-year tribulation when environmentally things will get REALLY crazy, we will go on... until God destroys everything and creates a new heaven and earth.
How can we know who is telling the truth and who tends toward lies? Ask, do they affirm God or reject God? Do their actions glorify God or reject God?
Truth? It is ALWAYS JESUS.
Thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. - 1 Corinthians 15:57
Victory in Christ means victory over sin and death. Sin and death were defeated at the cross.
For all have sinned [disobeyed God] and fall short of the glory of God. - Romans 3:23
Sin is the source of death. It is because of sin that death came into the world.
Just as through one man sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all mankind, because all sinned. - Romans 5:12
Jesus defeated sin and death by paying the penalty for sin. With the penalty paid, sin and death no long have power over those who believe in Jesus Christ.
...but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord. - Romans 6:23b
God demonstrates His own love toward us, in that while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us. - Romans 5:8
However, if you reject God, you have rejected the only one who can and did conquer sin.
God will not force you to accept His gift, but He will also not let His creation be polluted by sin... your sin. He has reserved a place where you will receive justice. Instead of Jesus taking on Himself the punishment you have earned, you will receive on yourself what you have earned.
You will not have peace... for eternity. Because you will not have victory over sin.